Apple and Buffett saw value, and acted by scooping up millions of shares

“Apple Inc was not the only one to leap on a chance to buy its stock at a fat discount last quarter as Warren Buffett stepped in to scoop up an additional 75 million shares for Berkshire Hathaway at the same time,” Noel Randewich reports for Reuters.

“Between them – the two biggest players in the iPhone maker’s shares – they bought nearly one of every 10 Apple shares traded during the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters calculations,” Randewich reports. “But the discount window did not stay open long, with Apple’s stock back at a record high above $183 on Friday after trading in the mid-$150s for part of the first quarter.”

“Apple bought more than $23 billion of its own shares in the first three months of the year at an average price of $171.48, the company said this week. A Buffett representative on Friday confirmed Berkshire Hathaway increased its stake in Apple by 75 million shares, for which the company looks to have paid between $12 billion and $13 billion, based on the stock’s trading range during the period,” Randewich reports. “Buffett, a billionaire bargain hunter, increased his company’s stake to 240.3 million shares worth $42.5 billion during first quarter. At its low in February, the stock was available for as little as $150, an 18 percent discount to its current price.”

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    1. I’d always thought he might have had to drop Apple to cover his other losses. However, he might not have wanted to wait for Apple to recover and go for some stocks offering quick gains. He’s always moving from company to company to stir things up. He’s definitely not a long-term investor of anything.

    2. It’s also interesting to note that Warren himself admitted to a “mistake” of not investing in Amazon, or Google. These guys are brilliant and rich, but they’re still humans and fallible.

  1. I almost feel bad for gutless Apple shareholders and potential investors for being screwed over by stupid or crooked analysts trying to make a name for themselves. Those clockwork supply chain rumors must have caused investors and shareholders to lose tens of millions of dollars when all they had to do was stand pat. If investors lack that much confidence in Apple as a company, I hope they stay away for good and keep their money in the bank.

    1. One of the many, Berkshires, invaluable contributions is paralyzing all these idiot analysts out to manipulate this stock. Spineless retail investors may always be shaken out at fake news, but hopefully, more retail investors are wiser to the manipulation game within these past 2-3wk.

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